ESET records a wave of multi-lingual e-mail based (s)extortion scams scaring victims into payment

ESET continues to warn users of fraudulent e-mail messages that seek to extort money, especially from people watching online pornographic videos. The attacker in the email claims they have hacked the intended victim’s device and has recorded the person while watching pornographic content. The email also asserts that the video has not only captured the … More ESET records a wave of multi-lingual e-mail based (s)extortion scams scaring victims into payment

A closer look at “sextortion” scams

Cyberblackmail/sextortion again raises its not-so-pretty little head. For more than 30 years, I’ve had the privilege of assisting people get rid of viruses and other malicious software.  In the course of doing so, I’ve often been asked questions about computer security-related topics that are not product-specific.  Some are simple or easily answered; some are complex … More A closer look at “sextortion” scams

Cyber-extortionists take aim at lucrative targets

A new report shines some light on multiple aspects of the growing threat of cyber-extortion. Criminals are trying to tempt people with promises of six-figure annual rewards in return for help with cyber-extortion campaigns that target high-net-worth individuals, research by the threat intelligence firm Digital Shadows shows. The prospective victims, such as corporate executives, lawyers and doctors, … More Cyber-extortionists take aim at lucrative targets

When love becomes a nightmare: Online dating scams

Roses are red, violets are blue, watch out for these scams or it may happen to you. The embrace of online dating services, such as dating apps or virtual places to meet people, is a phenomenon that has occurred worldwide. According to GlobalWebindex, in Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region, apps and dating sites are accepted … More When love becomes a nightmare: Online dating scams

The dirty secrets of webcam-hacking peeping toms and sextortionists

Virtually every computer sold today comes with a dirty little secret. It can spy on you. What’s more, if hackers can infect your computer with malware they can hijack your webcam and secretly watch you too – regardless of whether they’re based down the street or on the other side of the world. In some … More The dirty secrets of webcam-hacking peeping toms and sextortionists